Portis Kountry Kitchen's cooks prepare a down-home menu of Southern soul food served up in a cafeteria-style eatery. Baked or fried chicken, smothered steak, and fried fish compete for top billing, as a side of corn plays cupid with suitors of parsley-buttered potatoes, french fries, or spinach, to comprise Friday's lunch special of one entree and two sides ($6.99). Classic sandwiches, such as the Ruben ($5.50) and the triple-decker club ($4.99), stack meats and vegetables between lightly toasted white, wheat, rye bread, or a croissant and audition for mouths with a choreographed step-dancing routine featuring an ensemble of chips, a drink, and a pickle slice.
The skilled salty dogs of Yachting Center of Corpus Christi whisk away travelers on sailing expeditions of the picturesque Corpus Christi Bay. Duos yearning to steer their own vessel glean basic sailing knowledge during two-hour lessons, where they learn boating vocabulary, the difference between starboard and port, and how to tie a rope into a delicious garlic knot. Alternatively, licensed captains guide groups of up to six people on chartered adventures that stretch across four hours, drifting them past the city skyline and along local hotspots including the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington. Sailors can assist the captain or simply relax, enjoying effortless conversation or kicking away tumbleweeds that have rolled onboard from land.
A vibrant Asian eatery, Aka Japanese Restaurant serves up fresh cuisine via tableside Teppanyaki grilling, sushi rolls, and more. The family-friendly establishment provides a lunch menu with plentiful bento-box options ($8.95–$12.95), each of which includes miso soup, rice, salad, four California rolls, two crab rangoons, and your choice of an entree such as Japanese-style steak, chicken, shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura, or sashimi. The hibachi dinner menu boasts entrees prepared in front of diners at the Teppanyaki grill, such as the chicken teriyaki served with vegetables, rice, and soup or salad ($12.95), and the sushi bar keep meals deliciously raw with various sushi and rolls, such as the fish lover's volcano roll—whose California roll foundation is topped with baked scallop, shrimp, and salmon ($8.95)—or the spicy-crab-filled black-dragon roll, a fire-breathing wrap of cucumber, boiled shrimp, eel, avocado, and special sauces ($13).
Intent on supplying diners with healthy choices by making flavorful, readily available food, the chefs at Urban Fare Cafe craft a menu that mingles Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, and African cuisines. Piquant soups such as the carrot bisque with ginger and mint pair with guiltless sandwiches and wraps such as the Montreal-style roast beef. Alternatively, whole-grain-wheat pizzas stand in for starchier pies, and cooks prepare rice bowls with either white or brown rice. Baristas emit the aromas of roasted coffee beans throughout the eatery by brewing espresso drinks and practicing levitation with café mugs.
Those passing by Tequila Coast often hear melodies played on classical guitar drift out from behind the restaurant's towering stucco walls. After walking inside, guests see a sunlit courtyard, where guitarists wander between wrought-iron balconies, a four-tiered fountain, and a Talavera tiled staircase, serenading evening diners who linger over Mexican dishes and glasses of tequila drinks. In the kitchen, chefs fold freshly made tortillas, Angus steak, and gulf-water seafood into appealing arrangements of Mexican food. Behind the lengthy bar, drink-masters dole out beer and wine under the glow of flat-screen TVs. Guests can also snap photographs amidst the restaurant's rustic decor and artwork, posing alongside friends or the plate of seven enchiladas they've been double-dared to finish.
Tables at Citrus Bayfront Bistro overlook the sparkling Corpus Christi harbor. The pristine view invites diners to relax while they select from a menu of European-inspired sandwiches and discuss the finer points of sandcastle construction. Diners might tuck into an italian wrap, portobello-mushroom sandwich, or grilled-chicken sandwich with caramelized onions and roasted poblano peppers. Lighter fare includes a daily rotating soup such as broccoli and cheese or Abuela’s chicken soup, along with a selection of crisp salads including the Citrus spring salad and Mediterranean salad. The Bistro is open for lunch Monday–Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.